Here you are, conference planner of the decade, at the event center, zero dark thirty, getting ready to rock and roll.
Set-up will launch as soon as your core team hits the ground at 5:30 am and the first thing any good event planning squad needs is WiFi access. The only problem is, you lost the little scrap of paper that your conference services contact handed you when you arrived the day before. WTF. You can’t figure out where in the hell you stuck that thing. It is not in your binder, it is not in your laptop bag, and you really don’t want to text for the password because it is 5:14 am and let’s be real, asking again would make you look like a dufus and no one, especially awesome people like you, want to look like a dufus at the butt-crack of dawn.
So. What do you do? Throw the conference new kid under the bus and have him text? Run away? Hide? Nahhh. This little trick is easy peasy and will not only save your bacon at the show site, it will also serve you well at home when cousin Paul wants to share the home wifi or when a client Becky comes into your office and needs a little internet.
Method #1: Find the Password in Windows
The password is saved in your PC, to access it, click on the network icon located in the System tray at the bottom right corner of the screen. From there, click on “Open Network and Sharing Center”.
From the window that opens up, click on “change adapter settings” located in the left menu.
Now, right click on the Wireless Adaptor of which you would like to recover the password and from the context menu click on “Status”.
A new window will open up, In there, click on “Wireless Properties”. Under “Security”, you will see the type of password encryption and also your WiFi password (hidden). Just click on “Show characters” and your password key will be displayed. Copy and save it somewhere safe, or just write it down.
Method #3: Use a Dedicated Tool
You can also use a third-party password recovery tool to recover the password from the Windows registry. WirelessKeyView developed by Nirsoft will work perfectly in this situation. Nirsoft is responsible for hundreds of free utility tools, including tools to recover passwords and keys such as Windows Product key.
Just download the tool (the tool is located at the end of the link), It is a really tiny file of just 65kb and it will be in Zip format. You will need to extract the file using a proper tool and launch the WirelessKeyView program (there is no need for installation). If you don’t have the tool already installed, then you will have to download it using another connection or using an Ethernet cable to connect.
As soon as the program starts, you will automatically see all the WiFi passwords that are saved in your Windows Registry (passwords of all connections you have connected to).
Just look for the name of the network of which you would like to recover the password and its password will be located under the heading “Key (Ascii)”.
Method #4: From the Router’s Settings
To access Router’s settings you will first have to connect to the network of which you would like to recover password. Now that you can’t access the network as you don’t know the password, you will have to connect the router to your PC physically using an Ethernet cable (it comes with the router).
If you have lost the Ethernet Cable, then it is better to skip this step and move ahead. Connect the Ethernet Cable with your PC and Router and let it connect (it will connect to the internet automatically).
Now, open your browser and type in the Ip address of your router in the Search field. The most common IP address are 192.168.1.0 and 192.168.1.1, just try these two if you don’t know the IP address of your router and hit enter.
You can also look for the model of the router online and see if you could get the IP address (if the above two don’t work for you).
As soon as you hit enter, you will be prompted to provide a username and password. The username will be “admin” and the password will be either “admin” or “password”. If both these password don’t work then leave the “Password” field blank and click login.
Note: The interface is different for every router, so there is no straight answer to finding the password. However, the required areas where you need to look are quite similar, with some digging you can easily reach it.
In the interface, look for the option “Wireless settings” or “WiFi settings”. If you can’t see them, then try clicking on “Settings” or “Options” to see if they are in there.
Once located, click on the option and you will see your password key along with what type of encryption you are using. You may have to click on “show wireless key” or “Show WiFi password” to see the hidden password.